The other main problem with Futurlec, of course, and especially the ETT stuff, is documentation. If you're lucky, it'll be in Thai, with a recognisable diagram here and there.
Which said, the board looks fairly straightforward if the pinouts from the chip are obvious.
Unless you have a reason for wanting to work with PIC, though, it really is hard to argue against the Arduino as a prototyping platform. An Arduino, a breadboard, and a handful of parts will cost about the same, and have extensive community support and documentation.